Sequential Bodies

Tracy Williams Gallery
Tue, 07/19/2011 - 6:30pm

Felicia Ballos, Anna Craycroft and Elisa Santiago making choreographic scores, an installation by Anna, and input by spouses and babies of Felicia (Bowie and Ray) and Eliot Waterman (and me). The first performance was last Tuesday and was packed and joyful. This Tuesday will feature a score by Elisa Santiago.

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The end of the Chrysler Series

Last night was the last performance of Summer Guthery's Chrysler Series. I played a piece composed from recordings of the building inside and out. There was also a reading of The Wonderful Musician by the Brothers Grimm-read by the incomparable Isla Leaver-Yap, and a preview of the soundtrack that I just finished for Cameron Gainer's film, LUNA DEL MAR. In the spirit of endings, I'm posting the blog entries about the first event which happened a year ago. I had the enormous privilege of opening and closing the series. Thanks to Summer Guthery for her hard work.

Here's Dan Fox's piece:

and something else I found:

thanks to both of them for documenting that night.

I'll be posting some sound and video from the event when I get back from Marfa, Texas.

The Chrysler Series


Alex Waterman

There was once a wonderful musician, who went quite alone through a forest and thought of all manner of things, and when nothing was left for him to think about, he said to himself, "Time is beginning to pass heavily with me here in the forest, I will fetch hither a good companion for myself." Then he took his fiddle from his back, and played so that it echoed through the trees. It was not long before a wolf came trotting through the thicket towards him. "Ah, here is a wolf coming! I have no desire for him!" said the musician; but the wolf came nearer and said to him, "Ah, dear musician, how beautifully thou dost play. I should like to learn that, too." "It is soon learnt," the musician replied, "thou hast only to do all that I bid thee." "Oh, musician," said the wolf, "I will obey thee as a scholar obeys his master." The musician bade him follow, and when they had gone part of the way together, they came to an old oak-tree which was hollow inside, and cleft in the middle. "Look," said the musician, "if thou wilt learn to fiddle, put thy fore paws into this crevice." The wolf obeyed, but the musician quickly picked up a stone and with one blow wedged his two paws so fast that he was forced to stay there like a prisoner. "Stay there until I come back again," said the musician, and went his way.


a pirated pdf of the catalogue that Will Holder and I made for the show at Miguel Abreu Gallery can be found here:

Agape catalogue

Merce Fair

Lincoln Center
Sat, 07/16/2011 (All day)

Join us for this day of performances, films, exhibitions, activities, and more in celebration of the life, work, and artistic vision of Merce Cunningham.

Before Merce Cunningham, dance was a world bedecked with music and narrative, encased in sets and costumes. In a seventy-year career of incomparable importance, Cunningham tore those intricacies down and forever redefined his art form, rebuilding it on its most essential foundation: the near-limitless possibilites of movement.

Alex Waterman at the final Chrysler Series Event

The Chrysler Series
Sun, 06/26/2011 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Downtown Ensemble

Hudson Opera House, Brick Elephant, Issue Project Room
Fri, 06/17/2011 - 12:00am - Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:00am

On June 17 at The Hudson Opera House, June 18 at The Brick Elephant, and June 23 at the Issue Project Room the DownTown Ensemble will feature David Garland performing three of his new songs from his forthcoming album Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton and performances by Bill Hellermann of sound/text pieces by Robert Ashley, Daniel Goode, Richard Kostelanetz, Jackson Mac Low and Anne Tardos. Featured performers will be such downtown stalwarts as Peter Zummo, Alex Waterman, Andrew Bolotowsky, and Daniel Goode, Co-director of the DownTown Ensemble.

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Either/Or Spring Festival 2011

The Kitchen
Thu, 06/02/2011 - 8:00pm - Fri, 06/03/2011 - 8:00pm

The acclaimed experimental music ensemble Either/Or presents its 6th annual Spring Festival of contemporary chamber music. As part of The Kitchen’s 40th anniversary season, Thursday's concert pairs classics from the genesis of New York's experimental music scene of the 1970s with emerging composers in a program including Robert Ashley, George Lewis, Steve Reich, and a new work for string quartet from Australian composer Andrew Byrne. Friday evening's program focuses on the European margins with rarities from Luigi Nono, Horatiu Radulescu, Giacinto Scelsi, alongside recent works of Raphaël Cendo and other younger artists.

Thursday, June 2: music by Robert Ashley, George Lewis, Steve Reich, and Andrew Byrne

Friday, June 3: music by Horatiu Radulescu, Giacinto Scelsi, Luigi Nono, and Raphaël Cendo

Anthony Burr - clarinets
Jennifer Choi - violin
Richard Carrick - piano, conductor
Pala Garcia - violin
James Ilgenfritz -bass
Margaret Lancaster - flute
Matt Marks - horn

Judgement Day

Sat, 05/21/2011 (All day)

Taking the day off to observe the progress of the END of the world as we know it.

David Linton

Issue Project Room
Sat, 05/07/2011 - 8:30pm

Master of light and drone invites some friends to accompany.
One hell of a band.
Great night.